Released prisoners to undergo mandatory quarantine


ALOR SETAR: Released remand detainees and inmates at the Alor Setar and Pokok Sena prisons will be placed at Covid-19 quarantine stations for two weeks, says Mentri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor.

This is due to the spread of Covid-19 cases linked to the Tembok cluster.

“There are cases of detainees who were released and who were supposed to undergo quarantine but did not do so because they may have been in prison for a long period and missed their family, so they may have been travelling everywhere.

“This has caused the Tembok cluster to spread,” he said yesterday.

The state government has approved an allocation of RM100,000 to operate a special quarantine station for former detainees and prisoners.

Muhammad Sanusi said the state government proposed Institute Aminuddin Baki (IAB) in Jitra to house ex-prisoners and remand detainees, as the institute has been gazetted a quarantine station.

“I will hold a meeting with the state security special committee (JKNN) related to Covid-19 and will determine the actual allocation requirements and whether it is necessary to open other quarantine stations.”

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